Sprint/Hurdles Group is primarily for athletes from U17 and upwards who are
specialising in sprints from 60m to 400m or Hurdlers who compete over 60m, 110m
The group is coached by Sheila Atkinson and
This Group meets at Scotstoun Stadium every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm
Sheila takes an additional session on Wednesday evenings, again from 7pm.
This group has been exceptionally successful in recent years with several medal
winners at the AAA's and almost all of the group having acquired a Scottish
vests. David Martin is the first in recent years to have been selected to
represent Great Britain.
If you have any questions about joining this group,
contact Gordon by
e-mail or on 0141 563 7013.
For more information,
contact Gordon by e-mail or on 0141 563 7013.
From a coaching point
of view it is interesting to note that young athletes should be building a speed
base from a very young age, American coach Loren Seagrave at a speed clinic in
Grangemouth has also stated this a few years ago. For athletes who want to work
at sprints (60m to 400m) this study and others indicate that athletes should
work of a speed base then add endurance. Most American and the old eastern block
countries training regimes are speed based going from short to long as opposed
to the traditional UK sprint coaching of long to short. In other word build the
speed base then add the speed endurance and specific endurance; sprinters should
never be more than 2 weeks away from speed sessions even in the conditioning
period of their training.
Review of Training Theories on Periodization for Sprinters by Michael A
for more information.
The following article is reproduced from the SAL forums with
permission from the author Walter Bissett one of Scotland’s best sprints/hurdles
coaches. The article is titled The Class of 2006 and asks the question if
coaches in Scotland have a full understanding of the training systems required
to improve the athletes that they coach to senior level. Several very
interesting replies are on the forum. Do the coaches from Victoria Park agree or
disagree with Walters’s comments? To see how the discussion is developing go to
blockbusters section on the SAL forum at
The Class of 2006 - Walter Bissett
Over the past few years we have in Scotland supported a
number of young athletes in the Sprints and Hurdles hailed as the future, it is
disappointing looking at this years performances that these athletes seem to
have stagnated with at best only very small gains in performance for some. It is
obvious when seeing them that they are not training appropriately, we seem to be
able to produce at Junior level but are unable to take them any further. More
and more I have concluded that they are in a training regime suitable for junior
athletics but do not train as Seniors with a number of training years behind
them. We still seem to have the thinking that running slow in training will help
you run faster in competition and that heavy weights will do you harm. We have
seen 400m athletes will do the cross country to help their athletes speed
endurance. Both of these will result in a loss of speed and performance in
I am sure when Michael Johnson talks later this year in
Glasgow the main message will be to achieve quality competition performances you
require to train using quality high intensity training sessions which are
specific to the event (so there if you can’t get a there I have saved you
£60.00). He will also tell you that his training sessions were short because of
the training intensity.
I was at the 1998 CWG and was the warm up coach when Allison
Curbishley broke the Scottish 400m record and I am able to tell you that since I
have not seen a Scottish sprint athlete near that level of preparation. Allison
was meticulous about every detail of her athletics and that is why she did break
the record, I have seen more naturally gifted athletes, however she more than
made up for it in the physical work she had did and her physiological strength.
The only Scottish athlete that seems at least to be going on the right road at
the moment being Gemma Nicol.
Scottish Coaches are going to have to change their approach
otherwise their athletes are going to asking them selves what do I do to become
a Senior International Athlete who can break records, instead of reaching my
peak performance at a young age and being a forgotten ‘’might have been’’.
Unless changes are made to the training of these athletes they will probably
only get close to their PB’s at best next season.
From The Herald Newspaper
- By Doug Gillon
The pursuit of speed is sport's Holy Grail, but there is no
code to unlock the secret. Pedestrians of the 19th century, who ran for far
greater financial prizes than the fee which world 100 metres record holder Asafa
Powell will collect at Gateshead next Sunday, trained on chicken and stale beer.
They would go for walks, and then be warmly swathed and sweated between two
The appliance of more than 100 years of science, nutrition,
and physiology has made the world's fastest man some 20 metres quicker. The
fastest time at the inaugural 1896 Olympics was 11.8 seconds (in the heats, not
the final) and Powell and Justin Gatlin now hold the world best jointly, at
If there were a simple coaching equation, dozens would
break 10 seconds routinely. There are basic, widely-accepted principles, but
individuals differ, and fine-tuning means every athlete is an experiment of one.
Among more interesting theories is the role of the myelin sheath (whose
degradation is responsible for multiple sclerosis).
Dave Lease, former mentor of the GB No.1 Jason Gardener
(who has yet to run as fast under his current coach) does not claim to have
discovered it, but says he put together some Romanian coaching data and
unrelated medical research.
"They were discussing how nerves grow, and one conclusion
was that if the appropriate messages are not sent down neural pathways at the
right time, the nerve does not develop properly," says Lease, Scotland's former
"Among the fastest-growing nerves are those involving the
eye, following birth. If a baby's eyes are covered for the first week or so of
life, sight is permanently impaired."
He believes this also applies to sprint ability. "If nerves
are not stimulated at the right time, and the right impulses sent down, then
sprint potential can't be maximised. During two periods in the life of young
children, six to seven in girls, and then again from around 10 to 14 (but older
for boys, perhaps 13 to 17) the nervous system makes rapid development.
"Repeated stimulation - and that means short bursts,
running flat out often, preferably when well warmed-up, with the muscles already
stretched - would be essential preparation for a future sprinter. You can do all
the other forms of training later in life, but if the optimum nerve path is not
laid down, it's a limiting factor."
He questions whether kids raised in a cold climate
routinely exercise in the warmth required, or with the stretched muscles that
such a climate provides.
As children they did not inhabit an environment for the
repeated maximal short-burst sprints that occur routinely in Afro-Caribbean
He likens the nerve to an electric cable. "Repeated bursts
of speed, when kids are young, thicken and lengthen the nerve. Subsequently, at
the end of puberty, the myelin sheath around the nerve becomes sealed, like the
plastic coating on a power cable. After that, the fibres cannot be altered."
Those tempted to dismiss the theory should consider this:
the 22 fastest 100m runners ever are Afro-Caribbean. Equal 23rd is Patrick
Johnson, an Australian Aborigine who might be presumed to have enjoyed a similar
environmental background. A total of 52 men have broken 10.00 seconds. All
except Johnson are Afro-Carribean. Not one Caucasian.
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